With six siblings, a St Paul’s education was not an option for me. I had been home-schooled until Year 10 and was struggling academically. I had major literacy issues including dyslexia, but I was a hard worker and this set me in good stead when the generosity of a stranger gave me the life-changing opportunity to attend St Paul’s.
When my father passed from cancer, I soon realised St Paul’s was more than just a school. It is a community that cares and supports you. With the support from the Headmaster, teachers and my housemaster, I overcame my learning difficulties to gain NCEA level three and tertiary entry.
In 2016, I attended Waikato University where I completed a Bachelor of Sports, Health and Human Performance and with my grades in the top 15% I was selected for the Golden Key Society.
I’ve always wanted to make a difference from a young age and have always believed doctors save lives, but teachers build lives. This was the motivation for me to complete a diploma in teaching in 2019. I am now working as a teacher, teaching Social Studies, Religious Studies and helping students with learning difficulties.
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